The family medicine clerkship is a required course in which all third-year medical students complete a four-week rotation with a family physician. These rotations are designed to deepen students’ understanding of the academic and practical bases of family medicine through patient care in community settings. A hallmark of clerkship is our dedicated faculty, many of whom graduated from the VCU School of Medicine.
Goals and objectives
- Develop the skills utilized by family physicians to deal with the bio-psycho-social problems of patients and their families.
- Advance students’ knowledge in the management of common problems encountered in family medicine.
- Demonstrate appropriate professional and communication skills with patients and staff.
- Increase proficiency in history and physical exam skills during patient encounters.
- Understand the use of the medical literature in patient care.
- Recognize the role of family physicians as major health care providers for many parts of the U.S.